Published Wednesday, February 13, 2013

January revenues up over 10 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Georgia’s net tax collections for January totaled $1.73 billion for an increase of nearly $164 million, or 10.4 percent, compared to January 2012.

At the end of seven months, net tax revenue collections are up almost $564 million, or 5.7 percent, compared to the same point last year

The following sections summarize the net revenue changes within major tax categories during the month:

• Individual Income Tax:

Individual Income Tax collections in January 2013 totaled $1.025 billion — up from $881.75 million in January 2012 — for an increase of $143.25 million, or 16.3 percent.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax account for the increase:

Individual Estimated payments were up $90.75 million, or 85.8 percent.

Individual Withholding payments were up $53 million, or 6.9 percent.

Individual Income Tax refunds (net of voided checks) were down $26 million, or -47.2 percent.

All other Income Tax categories, including Return payments, combined for a decrease of $26.5 million.

• Sales and Use Tax:

Net Sales and Use Tax collections for January 2013 totaled nearly $519 million, up slightly from January 2012 when net sales tax totaled $518.5 million. Gross sales tax collections dipped slightly by $660,000, or -0.07 percent, compared to last year, while the distribution to local governments fell $11.75 million to a total of $444.25 million. However, sales tax refunds increased $10.75 million, effectively offsetting the impact of the distribution and helping to create an essentially flat month of net collections relative to 2012.

• Corporate Income Tax:

Corporate Income Tax collections for January 2013 increased $18.25 million, or 710 percent, compared to last year’s net collections total of $2.5 million. Net corporate refunds dropped considerably compared to last fiscal year, while gross corporate revenue dropped only slightly by $1.5 million.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the increase:

Corporate Tax refunds (net of voided checks) were down $19.75 million, or -54.8 percent.

Corporate Estimated payments were up $11 million, or 70.2 percent.

Corporate Tax Return payments were down $16 million, or -79.6 percent.

All other Corporate Tax categories (including S-Corp) combined for an increase of $3.5 million.

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